YOUNG ENTERPRISE

Vision Statement

Team Programme focuses on learning by doing to help bridge the gap between school and the world of work and complements classroom-based learning. It is also great fun for both the staff and students involved.

Young Enterprise at Weatherfield Academy

It is designed to aid young people’s transition from education into independent living and employment by developing life skills through working as a team to set up and run a business.

 

Over a period of time ranging from six months to two years, students work in teams to set up and run a real company under the guidance of their teacher, local business volunteer and Young Enterprise Manager.

Each student takes on a job role and works as part of the team to be responsible for an area of the business such as Finance, Sales or Marketing. Students have the opportunity to manage money, interact with business volunteers and

customers at sales events and present to an audience. The programme develops life skills which are fundamental for young people making the transition from education:

 

  • Communication

  • Confidence

  •  Teamwork

  •  Resilience

  •  Money Management

Two companies were formed in 2014 to 2015 called Rainbow Stars and Outdoor Direct. 2015 to 2016 sees the formation of two new companies. Both companies were very successful and receive awards for Best Presentation and Best Display Stand. Ben Wright, Company Director for Rainbow Stars also received the Sir John Moore’s Award and a cheque for £100.00.

Qualifications

The ‘Team Programme’ is designed specifically to incorporate not only the core subjects, but more specifically ‘Work Related Learning’, ‘Careers Education’, ‘Enterprise’. ‘Financial Capability’, ‘PSHCE’, ‘Citizenship’, ‘Personal Learning and Thinking Skills’, ‘Functional Skills’. Each student will be accredited with a ‘Certificate in Enterprise’ ranging from Entry Level to Levels 1 and 2.

 

English— incorporates the 3 main curriculum areas of ‘Speaking and Listening’ and ‘Reading and Writing’. Speaking and Listening includes group discussions, meetings, market research, sales, customer service and presenting. They will read a variety of non-fiction texts in the process of researching and programme materials in business style. The writing includes taking minutes, filling in forms, writing plans, press releases and producing their company report.

 

Mathematics— includes the ‘Applications and Implications of Mathematics’, where pupils apply their mathematical skills to the real life challenge of running their own company, including forecasting, budgeting, keeping accounts, keeping sales records, handling cash and managing cash flow. The ‘Team Programme’ will run for 2 years. At the end of the programme, the students will take part in a ‘Team Celebration’ where prizes and awards are received.

Other Information About Young Enterprise

We are the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity. For over 50 years we have been working with young people

across the UK to enable them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need for the world of work. We deliver a range of programmes for 4-25 year olds, from one day masterclasses to year long projects.

 

Find out more at www.young-enterprise.org.uk or please contact Mrs Carol Patterson via the academy office or by email:

cpatterson@weatherfield.beds.sch.uk

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